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Pasadena, California

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Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California
Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Settled January 27, 1874
Incorporated June 19, 1886
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Bill Bogaard (D)
 • City Council Jacque Robinson
Margaret McAustin
Chris Holden
Steve Haderlein
Victor M. Gordo
Steve Madison
Terry Tornek
 • City Manager Michael Beck
 • City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris
 • City Clerk Jane Rodriguez
 • Total 23.2 sq mi (60.0 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
 • Total 143,667
 • Density 6,384.7/sq mi (2,477.1/km2)
 • Demonym

Pasadena is a city in California. It is northeast of Los Angeles on Interstate 210 and the Metro Gold Line. As of 2008, it has a population of 133,936.

Every year, Pasadena has the Tournament of Roses Parade, followed by the Rose Bowl Game.

Pasadena was settled by Tongva Indians and Mexican ranchers before California became a state. In the 1880s, it became a city (making it the oldest city in the area after Los Angeles). Pasadena was one of the hubs of the Pacific Electric Railroad, and during the early 20th century was the eighth-largest city in California.

There are many historic buildings in Pasadena, including the Gamble House, the Blacker House, and the historic homes in Bungalow Heaven. There are also several colleges, including the California Institute of Technology. Pasadena has an arts scene, with many famous people acting at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium or Pasadena Playhouse or putting paintings in the Norton Simon Museum.